November 29

Lecture Notes and Comments

Week #14

Outline: In today’s lecture, John Ippolito came in and spoke with us about open source media, and then Bill Kuykendall spoke with us about the influence that the media has made in many different areas, such as politics. Here are my notes from this lecture (Journal for November 29.) John spoke with us first, and showed a website he and some other faculty and students had just finished creating called nmdnet.org, which is an open source news sharing site that new media students could use as a resource, or just a way to keep up with news in the new media field. Bill spoke afterward about the influence that media can have, especially in politics. Nixon’s “Checkers” speech was an example he used to convey his point.

Comments: I thought this was a cool lecture, mainly because of the nmdnet.org resource that we were given. This site is incredibly handy, and is the perfect example of open-source websites working for the good of society, rather than the opposite. I agree with John in his view of open sourcing being a good idea. I think we’re going to see more and more of it as time goes on, so to have good websites already up and running to be used as a mold is a great thing to have. I enjoyed the Checkers speech as well, because I know how effective the media can be in a political campaign, and this is the perfect example.

Are these topics important for us as new media students? Definitely yes, and especially open source websites. As I mentioned before, these are going to become more and more prevalent as the years go by, so this is a topic that we need to follow closely as more of these start appearing. We’re going to have to change the way we think about possessions, and this will be very interesting to watch indeed.

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